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Happy International Day of Peace!  



When I became a freelance journalist in 2004, I’d met many incredible peace activists and thought I’d be sharing their stories with a wider audience.

Am blushing writing this because I realise that 20-something me was imagining myself as a Christiane Amanpour type without the experience.

Still, this was the impetus behind my going freelance in 2004.

Unsurprisingly, I only got a couple of ‘peace’ pieces commissioned but, as a coach and complementary therapist (later adding other therapies), I was being commissioned to write about what I began to see as personal peace and self-care. It was better known as wellbeing.

Over the years, I’ve learned that I’m far better able to focus on the larger world when I’m OK. Otherwise, I don’t have the energy to take any kind of action in the direction of contributing to a more peaceful planet.

Even on a micro level, if I’m not well myself, I’m far crankier than usual. For example, if I then hold a door open for someone and they don’t say thank you, I’m likely to feel irritated. This then has the potential to ripple out and connect with others’ irritation and anger.

With all that’s going on in the world, it might seem futile to attempt to, as Gandhi said, ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ and yet, as individuals, we have more impact than we sometimes realise.

Irritation and anger (rage even) have their benefits but when we’re taking good care of ourselves, we can use our emotional storms to make us stronger.

What are your warning signs that you’re contributing to angst rather than peace in the world?

What helps you take better care of yourself and those you care about?

What are your dreams for peace at a global level? If you have children and/or grandchildren, what kind of world do you want to be leaving for them?

How can you infuse more peaceful energy into your day today?

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Happy Autumn Equinox and UN International Day of Peace!


We may feel helpless in the face of many of the horrors going on around the world. But by paying attention to our own energies and what we’re contributing to the world, we can do a little to send out ripples of peace in our own days and lives.

This isn’t about suppressing rage and injustice, hurt and pain, but by having empathy for ourselves and whatever we’re feeling, not acting out on those feelings but finding healthy ways to express them, release them or even harvest them.

Our feelings (even rage, fury and anger) can be powerful when we use them wisely.

Similarly, while balance isn’t really sustainable as long as we’re alive (life can be messy), we can notice the things that support us in feeling balanced enough.

What might help you feel more balanced and peaceful (towards yourself as well as others) today?

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Happy International Day of Peace – how will you bring more peace into your life?

September 21st. Autumn Equinox and the UN’s International Day of Peace – http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/

If the idea of World Peace feels too overwhelming, start with yourself. What practical steps could you take to make your life more peaceful?

Little things, from getting more sleep to organising clothes and lunches the evening before could help you make your mornings more peaceful.

More challenging might be to think of yourself and others with peace and compassion. Experiment with it.

Sit comfortably and quietly repeat, ‘May all beings be free from emnity, harm and anxiety. May all beings live happily’.

Just typing this, I felt a mini-wave of wellbeing wash over me. The research backs it up. Metta meditations (like the one above) don’t just send good vibes to others but help us reduce our own stresses, anxiety, depression, helps avoid burnout and increases satisfaction with life.

It also helps us feel safer as, by sending out well wishes in all directions, we somehow change our relationship with the world around us.

In all your interactions today (and moving forward), look for ways to bring peace into your life.